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Date: October 15, 2015
The must-see list of attractions and things to do in The Big Apple is almost endless. This is a melting pot of art, culture, fashion and finance that is on most people's bucket lists of places to visit. With iconic attractions such as Times Square, The Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and other attractions, New York has a lot to impress you with. 

1 Statue of Liberty
Statue of Liberty
France’s gift to the USA and the world’s largest statue was built in 1886 on Liberty Island. From Battery Park, Visitors can catch a ferry to the statue which sits on the southern tip of Manhattan.  

2 Empire State Building
New York Skyline with Empire State Building
Along with the Statue of Liberty, The Empire State Building is New York's most recognisable landmark. Opened in 1931, it was one of the tallest in the world until the 1 World Trade Centre tower was built. On a sunny day you can look into the neighbouring states including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

3 Central Park
Central Park in winter
This huge park in the city centre is the playground of New Yorkers. With Central Park, New York is not just a concrete jungle.  It adds natural beauty with some notable attractions such as the Strawberry Fields, the Central Park Zoo, and the Lake.

4 Broadway
New York Broadway
Broadway usually refers to Broadway theatre which includes a large number of venues in the theatre district and along the street of Broadway. A Broadway theatre show definitely has to be on your list of things to do while you are in New York. Considered to be at the pinnacle of American theatre, it has long been .World renowned for its performances. This is the place to come to see the best of America’s theatre productions.

5 Metropolitan Museum of Art
Commonly known as "The Met", Metropolitan Museum of Art contains over 2 million works of art. Highlights include American decorative arts, arms and armour, costumes, Egyptian art, musical instruments, photographs and much more. 

6 Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Center New York
Rockefeller Center is a vast entertainment and shopping complex in the middle of Manhattan, and home to NBC-TV and radio and other media. At Christmas a huge tree stands out front. Inside yuu will find entertainment, shops, restaurants, and even an observation deck. In front of the International Building is a famous sculpture of Atlas. If you are looking for a place to see the city skyline, try the "Top of the Rock" Observation Deck.

7 Fifth Avenue
This is New York's premier shopping area for luxurious goods. Many top designers have their flagship stores located along this famous avenue. Cartier, Tiffany, Bergdorf-Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue and many other luxyrious retail stores line the  famous avenue. Even if you are not buying something, this is window shopping on another level.

8 Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge New York
The Brooklyn Bridge has inspired generations of poets, songwriters and painters since its completion in 1883. It was the world's first bridge to be constructed of steel and features two powerful stone towers which are connected at the top with Gothic-shaped arches.

9 Times Square
New York Times Square
Formerly Longacre Square, Times Square was named in 1904 after the New York Times tower. The newspaper displayed news headlines along its famous moving sign, which was the world's first, in 1928. Times Square is always buzzing day and night, with gigantic billboards, shopping, theatres and restaurants.

10 Chrysler Building
The Chrysler Building is one of New York's most recognizable landmarks. Built in 1929, the Chrysler Building was briefly the world's tallest building and remains the epitome of Art Deco architecture.

11 New York Public Library
New York Library
The New York Public Library Main Branch in Bryant Park, Manhattan is a prominent city attraction. It’s the second largest library in the USA.

12 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is home to one of the world's finest collections of modern art. Art work by Picasso, Chagall, Modigliani, Kindinsky, Leger and many others are on display.

13 Wall Street
Wall Street
Wall street and the surrounding area are home to the New York Stock Exchange, the NASDAQ, and the New York Mercantile Exchange. Also nearby are the Trinity Church and Federal Reserve. It stretches for 8 city blocks from Broadway to South Street.

14 St Patrick's Cathedral
St Patrick's Cathedral
With more than 5.5 million visitors annually, the cathedral is a major New York attraction. It is one of the City’s best examples of Gothic architecture. 

15 Grand Central Station
Grand Central Station - Main Terminal
More than 700,000 people pass through this transportation hub daily. Other than catching a train ride, the Grand Central Terminal also houses restaurants, cocktail lounges, a gourmet foods market and many specialty shops.

By Dumi Khumalo

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